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How to Find a Qualified Trainer

When you start an exercise program you need to know how to find a qualified trainer. It can be daunting at first, as there are thousands of individuals identifying themselves as trainers. To find a qualified trainer, you have to know what your own goals are. You want a trainer with expertise in the type of workout you are looking for. An expert in aerobic dance may not be the ideal strength trainer, for example. So, start your search by determining your own fitness needs.

Secondly you want to be sure that the trainer has professional certification and experience. There are nationally-recognized certification organizations that suggest how to find a qualified trainer that has trained with them and has passed certification exams. The leading certification groups are The American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. You may also want someone with an academic degree in exercise physiology or fitness science. Look for CPR certification as well, so you can be sure that you are protected in case something goes wrong.

Once you’ve identified the specialty and the credentials you are looking for, you need to know how to find a qualified trainer that is right for you as a person. A trainer helps you set goals, stay motivated and provides structure. Think about the kind of personality that will be motivational for you. Some people work better with a trainer of the same gender, or of the opposite sex. Some people prefer a task-master to a cheerleader. Think about the coaches and teachers you have had in the past, and identify a type that works for you.

Once you have an image of the kind of person you are looking for, you’ll want to know how to find a qualified trainer in your area. You can start asking friends and relatives for referrals. If you are working out in a club, watch the trainers at work, observe their techniques and personalities. Ask people that you see working out how it’s what there experience with a particular trainer has been like.

Your club may assign you a trainer, but don’t be afraid to request an individual or to change trainers if you are not comfortable with the person you are working with. The key to learning how to find a qualified trainer is asking others, observing trainers at work, validating professional credentials and, most of all, choosing someone who you know will bring out the best in you.

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